Overseas Civilian Contractors

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VA Beach SEAL killed in Afghanistan

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY)  November 26, 2012

A Navy SEAL assigned to a Virginia Beach team was shot and killed while in combat Saturday in Afghanistan.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin R. Ebbert, 32, of Arcata, Calif., died while supporting stability operations in southern Afghanistan, according to a Department of Defense news release.

Ebbert was a Special Warfare Operator assigned to a SEAL team out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our teammate who has made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Capt. Robert Smith, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group Two. “We have lost a courageous patriot who selflessly answered our nation’s call to defend freedom and protect us from terrorism.”

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November 26, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kevin O’Rourke, Retired NYPD, Civilian Contractor, Killed in Afghanistan Insider Attack

HERNANDO –October 3, 2012

A 52-year-old contractor from Citrus County was one of two people killed last weekend in Afghanistan.

According to Bay News 9’s partner newspaper the Citrus County Chronicle, Kevin O’Rourke, who lived in the town of Hernando, was in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor with NATO, working for Engility, a law enforcement professional firm based in Alexandria, Va.

A former New York City police officer, O’Rourke missed being in the World Trade Center by 20 minutes on September 11, 2001. He spent hours that day helping a friend trapped in the rubble.

Friends say after 9/11, O’Rourke saw “a great need to go to (Iraq and) Afghanistan and to help the younger generation understand what we went through in New York.”

New York Post  October 1, 2012

A retired NYPD sergeant working as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan was killed during an apparent “insider attack” by members of the Afghan military.

Kevin O’Rourke, 52, and an unidentified US soldier were slain Saturday in the clash with Afghan troops.

O’Rourke had been on the force for 20 years and worked as member of the NYPD’s elite Emergency Service Unit.

He was also one of the department’s scuba instructors, based at Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field.

O’Rourke, originally from Long Island, retired in 2003 and later moved to Florida.

The soldier was the 2,000 service member to die in the 11-year conflict.

Three Afghan troops were also killed in the shootout at a checkpoint in the eastern part of the country.,

October 1, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Defense Base Act, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Nicholas Dickhut, featured Friday by Rueters, killed Sunday in Afghanistan

U.S. soldier Nicholas Dickhut from 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne points his rifle at a doorway after coming under fire by the Taliban while on patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan

Rochester Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) — A Rochester family got the worst kind of news this morning — their son has been killed fighting in Afghanistan.

Jacqueline Carson said Monday morning that her son, Nicholas Dickhut, was killed Sunday in action in Afghanistan.

Nicholas had just been featured Friday by Reuters News Service, and was pictured in a battle with Taliban fighters.

When Jacqueline called to tell us what had happened this morning, she was still waiting for a visit from an officer with the official word of what had happened.

Nicholas was with the 520th Infantry Regiment, attached to the 82nd Airborne

The 82nd in Afghanistan

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April 30, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan | , , | Leave a comment

Benjamin Brian Wise dies of injuries

Benjamin Brian Wise, brother to Blackwater Contractor Former Navy SEAL Jeremy Wise Killed two years ago in Khost CIA Bombing, has died at Landstuhl due to injuries received in Afghanistan on January 9.

Magnolia Reporter  January 17, 2012

A Hope, Arkansas couple has lost a second son to military action in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Brian Wise, 34, of Little Rock, died Sunday in Landsthul Regional Medical Center in Germany of injuries sustained Monday, January 9 when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Benjamin Brian Wise

According to a post on the Defense Base Act Compensation Blog, Sgt. Wise died from complications of wounds received when he was shot in both legs. The legs were amputated in an attempt to save his life, but Wise did not survive.

Sgt. Wise’s wife and children live in Puyallup, Washington.

Wise is the son of Dr. Jean and Mary Wise of Hope. They are former residents of Magnolia and Camden. Dr. Wise is an ear, nose and throat specialist who has a clinic in Hope.

Sgt. Wise is also survived by a sister, Mary Heather Skaleski, and a brother, Matthew “Beau” Jordan Wise.

Jeremy Wise, 35, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, died in Afghanistan on Dec. 30, 2009. He was one of seven people killed when a suicide bomber attacked a meeting at Forward Operating Base Chapman, where Wise was working as a security contractor. The explosion killed five of the Central Intelligence Agency’s top operatives in Afghanistan.

U.S. Rep. Mike Ross of Prescott issued a statement on Monday night regarding Sgt. Wise’s death.

“Sergeant First Class Benjamin Wise was a true American hero -giving his life in service to our great country. His bravery, dedication and patriotism exemplified what it means to be an American soldier and I am eternally grateful for his selfless sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children, parents and the rest of his many family and friends during this very difficult time. We must never forget that our service members often put themselves in harm’s way, and too many, like Sergeant First Class Benjamin Wise, die in service to our country. We must always thank all of our active duty service members and veterans for what they do and have done, and never forget those, like Sergeant First Class Benjamin Wise, who have died serving this country,” the statement said

January 17, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Nick Null, Navy EOD, dies in SEAL Team Chopper Crash

Nick Null Memorial Page

Nick Null Online Memorial

August 10, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Explosive Ordnance Disposal | , , , , | Leave a comment

MARSOC bomb tech killed in Afghanistan

The Marine Corps Times  April 26, 2011

A North Carolina-based Marine was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend, according to his family.

Sgt. David P. Day, 26, of Gaylord, Mich., was an explosive ordnance technician assigned to Camp Lejeune’s 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. He was killed by a roadside bomb, his father told local media in Michigan, though it’s unclear where the incident occurred.

Day’s death has not been announced by the Defense Department. No other information was immediately available.

April 26, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Department of Defense, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Javier de la Garza Jr, Killed in Afghanistan


HAVANA – The family of a former valley soldier is mourning tonight.

Lots of questions surround the death of UTPA alumn Javier de la Garza Jr.

His grandparents in Havana tell CHANNEL 5 NEWS he worked as a private contractor overseas.

De la Garza was killed during some kind of attack in Afghanistan earlier this week.

The 27-year-old lived in Austin for some time before joining the Army in 2000. He deployed to Iraq then settled in the Valley after his service. He attended UT-Pan American in Edinburg before deciding to return overseas. This time he went as a civilian and worked in the IT department for a private contractor in Afghanistan.

De la Garza’s family hasn’t been told when his body will return to the states

September 10, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties | , , , , | Leave a comment